How to Become a Teacher in Rhode Island

The smallest state in the union, Rhode Island offers competitive teacher benefits and excellent student/teacher ratios for the classroom. Rhode Island does not currently offer alternative routes to teacher certification, although many opportunities do exist to become certified and advance current certification.

How to become a teacher in Rhode Island - traditional route for residents

Every new teacher in Rhode Island will need to become qualified for a certificate of eligibility for employment, which is valid for three years. To receive this certificate, prospective teachers must:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited or approved institute of higher education
  • Complete an approved program for teacher preparation within the past five years, or
  • Become certified by transcript analysis that shows six semester hours of student teaching and 24 semester hours of specific teaching coursework.
  • Receive a passing score on Rhode Island Content Knowledge and Content Area Exercises tests.

How to become a teacher in RI - alternative route for residents

According to the Rhode Island Department of Education, this state is not currently implementing any alternative routes to certification.

How to become a teacher in RI - for out-of-state teacher applicants

Out of state applicants must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree in a field related to subject area
  • Hold a teaching license that is clear of default
  • Have taught under that license for three of the last seven years in the state that issued the license
  • Be willing to obtain a Rhode Island teaching license within three years

How do I become a teacher in Rhode Island - necessary exams for residents

Teachers in the state of Rhode Island must prove their knowledge of core subjects and specialized subject areas through passing a series of tests known as the Praxis I and the Praxis II. All teachers must pass the Praxis I, which tests reading, writing, and math. The Praxis II tests individual subjects, such as history and foreign languages. Elementary school teachers must pass the Elementary Education Praxis II test.

What bachelors degree do I need for teaching in Rhode Island?

For aspiring elementary school teachers, Rhode Island does not specify subject areas for bachelor degrees. Education coursework, however, is preferable, and many universities offer both bachelor and certification courses simultaneously.

Potential secondary teachers must major in the subject they wish to teach. This designates them as highly qualified according to federal law.

What is a teacher preparation program in Rhode Island?

The Rhode Island Department of Education focuses teacher education into three key areas: reading, writing, and math. Holding teachers accountable for student performance is key in Rhode Island, and teachers must be familiar with assessments and teach to state standards. Other aspects of teacher preparation programs include student teaching and classroom observation.

How do I renew my teacher certification in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island teachers must complete 20 semester hour credits during each 5 year renewal period. These credits must relate to education, and the specific subject area in which a teacher is working.

Where do I go for more information about how to become a teacher in RI?

The following websites have additional information about how to become a teacher in Rhode Island:

Rhode Island Student Statistics

  • Number of Pre-School students: 1,985
  • Number of Kindergarten students: 9,905
  • Number of 1st - 12th grade students: 133,452
  • Total number of students in Rhode Island: 145,342

Rhode Island Teacher Statistics

Average Teacher Salary by Grade Level

Grade Level Average 10th percentile 25th percentile Median 75th percentile 90th percentile
Pre-school $31,630 $18,210 $22,560 $28,700 $35,710 $51,090
Kindergarten $67,720 $38,250 $61,290 $69,700 $79,180 $88,820
Elementary $68,410 $38,100 $56,330 $69,850 $80,280 $96,040
Middle school $63,770 $39,250 $53,030 $66,160 $76,450 $85,440
High school $65,050 $40,420 $51,660 $66,250 $77,310 $88,230

School Districts in Rhode Island

School District Largest Elementary Schools Largest Middle Schools Largest High Schools
Barrington
Sowams Elementary School
364 Sowams Rd
Barrington, RI 2806
Barrington Middle School
Middle Hwy
Barrington, RI 2806
Barrington High School
220 Lincoln Ave
Barrington, RI 2806
Primrose Hill School
Middle Hwy
Barrington, RI 2806
Nayatt School
400 Nayatt Rd
Barrington, RI 2806
Beacon Charter School
Beacon Charter School
320 Main St
Woonsocket, RI 2895
Blackstone Academy
Bristol Warren
Guiteras School
35 Washington St
Bristol, RI 2809
Kickemuit Middle School
525 Child St
Warren, RI 2885
Mt. Hope High School
199 Chestnut St
Bristol, RI 2809
Rockwell School
1225 Hope St
Bristol, RI 2809
Colt Andrews School
570-574 Hope St
Bristol, RI 2809
Burrillville
William L. Callahan School
75 Callahan School St
Harrisville, RI 2830
Burrillville Middle School
2220 Bronco Hwy
Harrisville, RI 2830
Burrillville High School
425 East Ave
Harrisville, RI 2830
Austin T. Levy School
135 Harrisville Main St
Harrisville, RI 2830
Steere Farm Elementary School
915 Steere Farm Rd
Pascoag, RI 2859
Central Falls
Alan Shawn Feinstein School
405 Brd St
Central Falls, RI 2863
Dr. Earl F. Calcutt Middle School
112 Washington St
Central Falls, RI 2863
Central Falls Senior High School
24 Summer St
Central Falls, RI 2863
Capt. G. Harold Hunt School
14 Kendall St
Central Falls, RI 2863
Margaret I. Robertson School
135 Hunt St
Central Falls, RI 2863
Chariho
Ashaway Elementary School
12a Hillside Ave
Ashaway, RI 2804
Chariho Regional Middle School
455b Switch Rd
Wood River Junction, RI 2894
Chariho Regional High School
453 Switch Rd
Wood River Junction, RI 2894
Hope Valley Elementary School
15 Thelma Dr
Hope Valley, RI 2832
Charlestown Elementary School
363 Carolina Back Rd
Charlestown, RI 2813
Coventry
Oak Haven School
46 Pettine St
Coventry, RI 2816
Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School Of Coventry
15 Foster Dr
Coventry, RI 2816
Coventry High School
40 Reservoir Rd
Coventry, RI 2816
Western Coventry School
4588 Flat River Rd
Coventry, RI 2816
Tiogue School
170 East Shore Dr
Coventry, RI 2816
Cranston
Chester W. Barrows School
9 Beachmont Ave
Cranston, RI 2905
Hugh B. Bain Middle School
135 Gansett Ave
Cranston, RI 2910
New England Laborers / Cranston Public Schools Construction Career Academy
4 Sharpe Dr
Cranston, RI 2920
Daniel D. Waterman School
722 Pontiac Ave
Cranston, RI 2910
Park View Middle School
25 Park View Blvd
Cranston, RI 2910
Cranston High School East
899 Park Ave
Cranston, RI 2910
Edward South Rhodes School
160 Shaw Ave
Cranston, RI 2905
Western Hills Middle School
400 Phenix Ave
Cranston, RI 2920
Cranston High School West
80 Metropolitan Ave
Cranston, RI 2920
Cumberland
Cumberland Preschool Center At B.f. Norton School
364 Brd St
Cumberland, RI 2864
Joseph L. Mccourt Middle School
45 Highland Ave
Cumberland, RI 2864
Cumberland High School
2600 Mendon Rd
Cumberland, RI 2864
B.f. Norton Elementary School
364 Brd St
Cumberland, RI 2864
North Cumberland Middle School
400 Nate Whipplacee Hwy
Cumberland, RI 2864
Ashton School
130 Scott Rd
Cumberland, RI 2864
Davies Career And Technical High School
Dcyf Alternative Education Program
East Greenwich
George Hanaford School
200 Middle Rd
East Greenwich, RI 2818
Archie R. Cole Middle School
100 Cedar Ave
East Greenwich, RI 2818
East Greenwich High School
300 Avenger Dr
East Greenwich, RI 2818
James H. Eldredge Elementary School
First Ave
East Greenwich, RI 2818
Meadowbrook Farms School
2 Chestnut Dr
East Greenwich, RI 2818
East Providence
Meadowcrest Early Childhood Family Center
60 Baroute Dr
Riverside, RI 2915
Riverside Middle School
179 Forbes St
Riverside, RI 2915
East Providence High School
2000 Pawtucket Ave
East Providence, RI 2914
Agnes B. Hennessey School
75 Foroute St
East Providence, RI 2914
Edward R. Martin Middle School
111 Brown St
East Providence, RI 2914
Silver Spring School
120 Silver Spring Ave
Riverside, RI 2915
Exeter-west Greenwich
Mildred E. Lineham School
859 Nooseneck Hill Rd
West Greenwich, RI 2817
Exeter-west Greenwich Regional Junior High
930 Nooseneck Hill Rd
West Greenwich, RI 2817
Exeter-west Greenwich Regional High School
930 Nooseneck Hill Rd
West Greenwich, RI 2817
Wawaloam School
100 Victory Hwy
Exeter, RI 2822
Metcalf School
30 Nooseneck Hill Rd
Exeter, RI 2822
Foster
Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School
160 Foster Center Rd
Foster, RI 2825
Foster-glocester
Ponaganset Middle School
7 Rustic Hill Rd
North Scituate, RI 2857
Ponaganset High School
137 Anan Wade Rd
North Scituate, RI 2857
Glocester
Fogarty Memorial School
736 Snake Hill Rd
North Scituate, RI 2857
West Glocester Elementary
111 Reynolds Rd/rte 94
Chepachet, RI 2814
Highlander
Highlander Charter School
891 Brd St
Providence, RI 2907
Highlander Charter School
891 Brd St
Providence, RI 2907
International Charter
International Charter School
334 Placeeasant St
Pawtucket, RI 2860
Jamestown
Jamestown School-lawn
55 Lawn Ave
Jamestown, RI 2835
Jamestown School-lawn
55 Lawn Ave
Jamestown, RI 2835
Jamestown School-melrose
76 Melrose Ave
Jamestown, RI 2835
Johnston
Brown Avenue School
14 Brown Ave
Johnston, RI 2919
Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School
10 Memorial Ave
Johnston, RI 2919
Johnston Senior High School
345 Cherry Hill Rd
Johnston, RI 2919
Sarah Dyer Barnes School
24 Barnes Ave
Johnston, RI 2919
Early Childhood Center
10 Memorial Ave
Johnston, RI 2919
Kingston Hill Academy
Kingston Hill Academy
850 Stony Foroute Rd
Saunderstown, RI 2874
Learning Community
The Learning Community Charter School
21 Lincoln Ave
Central Falls, RI 2863
Lincoln
Lonsdale Elementary School
270 River Rd
Lincoln, RI 2865
Lincoln Middle School
152 Jenckes Hill Rd
Lincoln, RI 2865
Lincoln Senior High School
135 Old River Rd
Lincoln, RI 2865
Saylesville Elementary School
50 Woodland St
Lincoln, RI 2865
Fairlawn Elementary
3 Fairlawn Way
Lincoln, RI 2865
Little Compton
Wilbur And Mcmahon Schools
28 Commons
Little Compton, RI 2837
Wilbur And Mcmahon Schools
28 Commons
Little Compton, RI 2837
Met Career And Technical
Middletown
Forest Avenue School
315 Forest Ave
Middletown, RI 2842
Joseph H. Gaudet School
1113 Aquidneck Ave
Middletown, RI 2842
Middletown High School
130 Valley Rd
Middletown, RI 2842
Aquidneck School
70 Reservoir Ave
Middletown, RI 2842
John F. Kennedy School
740 West Main Rd
Middletown, RI 2842
Narragansett
Narragansett Pier School
235 South Pier Rd
Narragansett, RI 2882
Narragansett Pier School
235 South Pier Rd
Narragansett, RI 2882
Narragansett High School
245 South Pier Rd
Narragansett, RI 2882
Narragansett Elementary School
55 Mumford Rd
Narragansett, RI 2882
New Shoreham
Block Island School
High St
Block Island, RI 2807
Block Island School
High St
Block Island, RI 2807
Newport
Carey School
32 Narragansett Ave
Newport, RI 2840
Frank E. Thompson Middle School
55 Brdway
Newport, RI 2840
Rogers High School
15 Wickham Rd
Newport, RI 2840
William J. Underwood School
90 Harrison Ave
Newport, RI 2840
Coggeshall School
134 Van Zandt Ave
Newport, RI 2840
North Kingstown
Davisville Elementary School
50 East Couroute
North Kingstown, RI 2852
Wickford Middle School
250 Tower Hill Rd
North Kingstown, RI 2852
North Kingstown Senior High School
150 Fairway Dr
North Kingstown, RI 2852
Forest Park Elementary School
50 Woodlawn Dr
North Kingstown, RI 2852
Davisville Middle School
200 School St
North Kingstown, RI 2852
Suzanne M. Henseler Quidnessett Elementary School
166 Mark Dr
North Kingstown, RI 2852
North Providence
Dr. Joseph A Whelan Elementary School
1440 Mineral Spring Ave
North Providence, RI 2904
Dr. Edward A. Ricci Middle School
51 Intervale Ave
North Providence, RI 2911
North Providence High School
1828 Mineral Spring Ave
North Providence, RI 2904
James L. Mcguire School
55 Central Ave
North Providence, RI 2911
Birchwood Middle School
10 Birchwood Dr
North Providence, RI 2904
Centredale School
41 Angell Ave
North Providence, RI 2911
North Smithfield
Dr. Harry L. Halliwell Memorial School
358 Victory Hwy
Slatersville, RI 2876
North Smithfield Middle School
1850 Providence Pike
North Smithfield, RI 2896
North Smithfield High School
412 Greenville Rd
North Smithfield, RI 2896
North Smithfield Elementary School
2214 Providence Pike
North Smithfield, RI 2896
Paul Cuffee Charter School
Paul Cuffee Charter School
459 Promenade St
Providence, RI 2908
Paul Cuffee Charter School
459 Promenade St
Providence, RI 2908
Pawtucket
Flora South Curtis Memorial School
582 Benefit St
Pawtucket, RI 2861
Joseph Jenks Junior High School
350 Division St
Pawtucket, RI 2860
Jacqueline M. Walsh School For The Performing And
172 Exchange St
Pawtucket, RI 2860
Francis J. Varieur School
486 Placeeasant St
Pawtucket, RI 2860
Goff Junior High School
974 Newporoute Ave
Pawtucket, RI 2861
Shea Senior High School
485 East Ave
Pawtucket, RI 2860
Agnes E. Little School
60 South Bend St
Pawtucket, RI 2860
Samuel Slater Junior High School
281 Mineral Spring Ave
Pawtucket, RI 2860
William E Tolman Senior High School
150 Exchange St
Pawtucket, RI 2860
Portsmouth
Prudence Island School
0395 Brdway
Prudence Island, RI 2872
Portsmouth Middle School
125 Jepson Ln
Portsmouth, RI 2871
Portsmouth High School
Education Ln
Portsmouth, RI 2871
Melville Elementary School
1351 West Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI 2871
Elmhurst School
1 Frank Coelho Dr
Portsmouth, RI 2871
Providence
Asa Messer Annex
245 Althea St
Providence, RI 2909
Governor Christopher Delsesto Middle School
152 Springfield St
Providence, RI 2909
Providence Career And Technical School
91 Fricker St
Providence, RI 2903
Charles Fortes Annex
65 Greenwich St
Providence, RI 2907
Esek Hopkins Middle School
480 Charles St
Providence, RI 2904
Hope Arts School
324 Hope St
Providence, RI 2906
Alfred Lima Sr. Elementary Annex
65 Greenwich St
Providence, RI 2907
Samuel W. Bridgham Middle School
1655 Westminster St
Providence, RI 2909
William B. Cooley/health And Science Tech. Academy
182 Thurbers Ave
Providence, RI 2905
Rhode Island School For The Deaf
Scituate
Clayville Elementary School
3 George Washington Hwy
Clayville, RI 2815
Scituate Middle School
94 Trimtown Rd
North Scituate, RI 2857
Scituate High School
94 Trimtown Rd
North Scituate, RI 2857
Hope Elementary School
391 North Rd
Hope, RI 2831
North Scituate Elementary School
46 Institute Ln
North Scituate, RI 2857
Smithfield
Old County Road School
200 Old County Rd
Esmond, RI 2917
Vincent J. Gallagher Middle School
10 Indian Run Trail
Esmond, RI 2917
Smithfield Senior High School
90 Placeeasant View Ave
Esmond, RI 2917
Raymond C. Laperche School
11 Limerock Rd
Esmond, RI 2917
William Winsor School
562 Putnam Pike
Greenville, RI 2828
South Kingstown
Hazard School
153 School St
Wakefield, RI 2879
Broad Rock Middle School
351 Brd Rock Rd
Wakefield, RI 2879
South Kingstown High School
215 Columbia St
Wakefield, RI 2879
Wakefield Elementary School
101 High St
Wakefield, RI 2879
Curtis Corner Middle School
301 Curtis Corner Rd
Wakefield, RI 2879
Matunuck School
380 Matunuck Beach Rd
Wakefield, RI 2879
The Compass School
The Compass School
537 Old North Rd
Kingston, RI 2881
The Compass School
537 Old North Rd
Kingston, RI 2881
Tiverton
Fort Barton School @ Nonquit School
117 Neck Rd
Tiverton, RI 2878
Tiverton Middle School
10 Quintal Dr
Tiverton, RI 2878
Tiverton High School
100 North Brayton Rd
Tiverton, RI 2878
Pocasset School
1185 Stafford Rd
Tiverton, RI 2878
Walter E. Ranger School
278 North Brayton Rd
Tiverton, RI 2878
Warwick
Drum Rock Early Childhood Center
575 Centerville Rd
Warwick, RI 2886
Gorton Junior High School
69 Draper Ave
Warwick, RI 2889
Toll Gate High School
575 Centerville Rd
Warwick, RI 2886
John Greene School
51 Draper Ave
Warwick, RI 2889
Winman Junior High School
575 Centerville Rd
Warwick, RI 2886
Warwick Veterans Memorial High School
2401 West Shore Rd
Warwick, RI 2889
Warwick Neck School
155 Rocky Point Ave
Warwick, RI 2889
Aldrich Junior High School
789 Post Rd
Warwick, RI 2888
Pilgrim High School
111 Pilgrim Parkway
Warwick, RI 2888
West Warwick
Maisie E. Quinn Elementary School
1 Brown St
West Warwick, RI 2893
John F. Deering Middle School
Webster Knight Dr
West Warwick, RI 2893
West Warwick Senior High School
Webster Knight Dr
West Warwick, RI 2893
Wakefield Hills Elementary School
505 Wakefield St
West Warwick, RI 2893
John F. Horgan Elementary School
124 Providence St
West Warwick, RI 2893
Westerly
Bradford Elementary School
15 Church St
Bradford, RI 2808
Westerly Middle School
10 Sandy Hill Rd
Westerly, RI 2891
Westerly High School
23 Ward Ave
Westerly, RI 2891
State Street School
25 State St
Westerly, RI 2891
Springbrook Elementary School
39 Springbrook Rd
Westerly, RI 2891
Woonsocket
Fifth Avenue School
65 Fifth Ave
Woonsocket, RI 2895
Woonsocket Middle School
357 Park Placeace
Woonsocket, RI 2895
Woonsocket High School
777 Cass Ave
Woonsocket, RI 2895
Kevin K. Coleman Elementary School
96 Second Ave
Woonsocket, RI 2895
Woonsocket High School
777 Cass Ave
Woonsocket, RI 2895
Citizens Memorial School
250 Winthrop St
Woonsocket, RI 2895

Rhode Island Education Contact Information

Rhode Island Department Of Education
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
401-222-8706